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Austin man sentenced to 30 months in prison for stalking, threatening Taylor Swift
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An Austin man was sentenced to 30 months in prison for stalking and sending threatening letters and emails to pop star Taylor Swift's former record label.


Eric Swarbrick, who describes himself as a thinker, writer and driver in his Twitter profile, sent more than 40 letters and emails to Big Machine Label Group, according to the Associated Press.

Over time, the letters became increasingly "violent and threatening," per the Associated Press, and Swarbrick even drove 900 miles from Austin to Nashville to hand deliver some of them.

In his letters, Swarbrick expressed his desire "to rape and kill" Swift and also threatened to kill himself in front of BMLG CEO Scott Borchetta, according to the Department of Justice.

In a personal essay published by Elle in 2019, Swift wrote about the impact stalkers and events such as the Manchester Arena bombing and Las Vegas concert shooting have had on her life.

"I carry QuikClot army grade bandage dressing, which is for gunshot or stab wounds," she wrote. "You get enough stalkers trying to break into your house and you kind of start prepping for bad things."

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